October 5, 2018: Homecoming

Spotlight on Schools: October 5, 2018
Hello Black River Falls Community! This is Dr. Shelly Severson, Superintendent of the School District of Black River Falls, and I’m here to share this week’s Spotlight on Schools! This week is one of my favorite of the school year, Tiger Homecoming! School spirit has always been something that has been very important to me. I take an immense amount of pride in being a part of the SDBRF as a parent, community member, and employee. I feel like Homecoming is the perfect week to celebrate all that is right about our schools and community.

As a community member, if you don’t have students in the upper grades, you may not know it’s Homecoming until you start to see outward signs of homecoming, namely, toilet paper hanging from trees as well as paint on the storefront windows downtown. (How many towns still do this, right? I love it!) In addition to these outward signs, we’ve been talking with student leaders at the high school about the concept of Homecoming really being for alumni and the community to “come home” and reminisce about their times in high school, gather with old classmates, and check in with those that you’ve lost touch with. It is really a celebration of school pride, past and present!

Senior, Sydney Sampson-Webb, is our social media intern this year and she has done an outstanding job interviewing students and graduates from BRFHS and asking them to highlight what Tiger Pride and Homecoming means to them. Please check out the District facebook page to see some of her great work!

In that spirit, this week we have had several of our student groups reach outside the walls of the school in an effort to spread Tiger Pride within the community. We had seven of our senior volleyball players work together with Mrs. Helstad’s Life Skills class at Pine View Nursing Home. The students worked with the residents on some projects and then asked them to join in on their Tiger pre-game chant!

The Varsity Football Team headed out to the Ho-chunk Head Starts and partnered up with the Head Start students for some reading. They played on the playground together, the HS boys stayed for lunch and a Ho-Chunk Language Class, and then headed back to the high school. It was very difficult to tell which group had the most fun...the littles or the bigs!

Another primary component of any Tiger Pride event is our incredible Marching Tigers Band! Our Marching Tigers are just coming off of their busiest weekend with the Oktoberfest Parade on Saturday and the Cranfest Parade on Sunday. The Tigers marched a lot over the weekend but are excited to share their routine and music with our local crowd during the Homecoming Parade this afternoon at 2:00 pm downtown BRF. The Marching Tigers did us proud last weekend earning 3rd place at the Cranfest Parade. You’re not going to want to miss it this afternoon or at the football game tonight as the football team takes on the Raiders of Arcadia!

Speaking of the parade, let’s all hope that Mother Nature cooperates with us and we are able to carry on!

As always, if you have any questions or comments about this, or anything else within the District, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Let’s go TIGERS!

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